Dear Democracy Now! Visitor: We are an independent, ad-free daily news program that serves millions of viewers and listeners each month. Our show is special because we make it our priority to go where the silence is. We put a spotlight on corporate and government abuses of power and lift up the stories of ordinary people working to make change in extraordinary times. We do all of this with just a fraction of the budget and staff of a commercial news show. We do it without ads, corporate sponsorship or government funding. How is this possible? Only with your support. If everyone who visited our website in the next week donated just $15, we would cover all of our operating costs for the year. We can't do it without you. Please donate today. It takes just a couple of minutes to do your part to make sure Democracy Now! is there for you and everybody else.

Your Donation: $
Thursday, September 19, 2002 FULL SHOW | HEADLINES | NEXT: Another Rodney King?: Seven Months Ago California...
2002-09-19

"We Need Weapons Inspections, Not War": Protesters Interrupt Donald Rumsfeld at a Congressional Briefing On Iraq

download:   Video Get CD/DVD More Formats
This is viewer supported news

Three protesters yesterday interrupted War Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as he was testifying before the House Armed Services Committee.

He had just begun to argue the case for removing the Iraqi president when Medea Benjamin stood up and said, "Mr. Rumsfeld, I think we need weapons inspections, not war." According to an official transcript of the hearing, this was met with applause. She went on: "Why are you obstructing the inspections? Is this really about oil? How many civilians will be killed?"

She and Diane Wilson began chanting "Inspections, not war" and unfurled a banner.

After police forcibly removed them, Rumsfeld said: "as I listened to those comments, it struck me what a wonderful thing free speech is. And of course, the country that threw the inspectors out was not the United States. It was not the United Nations. It was Iraq that threw the inspectors out . . . But of course, people like that are not able to go into Iraq and made demonstrations like that, because they don’t have free speech."

Actually, Rumsfeld is wrong. Iraq did not expel weapons inspectors. In December, 1998, the weapons inspectors withdrew in anticipation of a US bombing.

Guest:

  • Medea Benjamin, activist with Global Exchange and former Green Party candidate for the US Senate.

Related link:


Creative Commons License The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to democracynow.org. Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

This is viewer supported news